Thursday, November 5, 2009
The Elk in the Woods
I've had this long-held obsession with owning my own pub one day. I'd call it The Black Swan and serve Guinness, Troeg's, Dogfish Head, Dead Guy Ale and at least a dozen other craft brews on tap. But the real key would be the reclaimed wood floors and walls.
I suppose several trips to Ireland and a semester in Dublin sealed my fascination with all-wood pubs. There's just nothing like grabbing a seat at a corner booth at a century's-old bar, ordering a pint of Guinness and spending the rest of a gray afternoon indoors with a few friends.
While I'm not in the business of starting this pub any time soon, I think I've found my decorating inspiration -- The Elk in the Woods, a gastropub in Islington, London. They mix an array of materials among their decor, from an elk head to vintage wallpaper and a leather banquette. I love it all.